Morning tea offers chance to reflect

GLENORCHY community members were given a chance to reflect on mental health and life’s challenges when they attended a special community morning tea hosted by Labor Member for Elwick Josh Willie.

The community event featured special guest speaker and Young Tasmanian of the Year, Mitch McPherson, founder of the not-for-profit suicide prevention charity, SpeakUp! StayChaTY.

Over a cup of tea with community members, Mr McPherson shared the story of his young brother, Ty, who tragically took his own life in 2013.

He reflected on the warning signs of mental health and shared the message that “it’s okay not to be okay”.

Mr Willie said guests present at the morning tea were visibly moved by Mr McPherson’s story and found his bravery to be inspiring.

“After hearing Mitch speak, many of the guests found themselves able to open up and share their own challenges and experiences with mental health and suicide,” he said.

“Mitch is an inspiration to many Tasmanians and his determination to drive positive change through his own life experiences takes courage.

“We were so fortunate that he made the time to visit the office.”

For more information about SpeakUp! StayChaTY, or if you are interested in hosting a presentation with Mitch McPherson, visit or email

Caption: From left, Mitch McPherson, founder of SpeakUp! Stay ChatTY, with Labor MLC Josh Willie at the community morning tea.

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